Remember the good old days, when a handful of plastic Army men and a broomstick horse could make a kid happy for hours? Today, the toys are a bit more complicated but just as much fun. Here are some electronic gifts to bring smiles to the kids on your gift list. by JAYNE CANNON Mr. Roboto inally —… Continue reading.
COUNTER CULTURE BREAKFAST CLUB Hamilton Beach calls it a Breakfast Burrito Maker, but this handy two-layer tool can also keep houseguests happy with a ready supply of omelets, stuffed pancakes or crepes. $45. 800-851-8900; hamiltonbeach.com Hot off the grill Host a tabletop grilling party where guests cook up meat and veggie morsels and drizzle them… Continue reading.
As the seasons turn this month and the kids are back in school, you’ll want to keep track of the weather so you’ll know what to have them wear and how to prepare each day. ON ALERT CRANK IT UP When the power’s out, you can recharge a Sangean AM/FM WX Emergency Radio MMR-88 by… Continue reading.
Whether feathering a first nest or tackling fix-it tasks around the apartment, these basic tools can help beginners take projects from DIY to done. FULL CIRCLE FIVE EASY PIECES Equip a powerful DIY toolbox, ready to build, install or repair, with the five-piece, cordless Ridgid Gen5x Combo Kit. It comes with five basic pieces: circular… Continue reading.
Keep your greenery in bounds with edgers, trimmers and other tools that turn lush growth into tidy landscapes. POLE POSITION SAFETY FIRST For safe aerial or ground trimming, WORX developed the corded JawSaw electric chainsaw with a fully enclosed 6-inch bar and chain. The 10-pound tool chomps branches up to 4 inches in diameter and… Continue reading.
BACK TO THE BASICS HOT OPTIONS Choose from a dozen nozzles and scrapers and adjustable temperature settings to tailor the DeWalt D26960K Heat Gun Kit to suit your task. It features an easy-to-read LCD display and can quickly strip away old finishes, soften adhesives to remove stubborn stickers, or melt plastics. $126. 877-783-8899; acetoolonline.com STRIPPED… Continue reading.
THE MIGHTY MINI No room for a full-size cardio machine? The Marcy Deluxe Mini Cardio Cycle will fit into your life. Set the 12-pound machine on the floor in your home or office and pedal like a bike. Or, place it on a tabletop and give your arms a workout. The LCD display has a… Continue reading.
Goin’ Mobile Smart Pal Anyone who loved the animated 1980s toy, Teddy Ruxpin, will marvel at the modern version called Ubooly. Slip a smart phone or tablet in the stuffed toy, and the screen becomes an animated face that, through an app, tells stories and jokes and takes children on imaginative adventures. $30–$60. 800-658-2030; ubooly.com… Continue reading.